Summer Tennis Camps Are Offered by WOTC

The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club will be offering tennis camps for both youth and adults this summer at the Oglebay Tennis Facility.

The camps will begin with a week of tennis for the Oglebay Park Children’s Association participants. During the week of June 18-22, each day different children will be bussed from the various Wheeling neighborhoods to the tennis facility, where they will receive two hours of tennis instruction. Local teaching professionals will coordinate the week’s activities with the assistance of the OPCA staff.

“Last summer over 100 children attended the OPCA tennis week, and the WOTC’s goal is to get even more kids on the courts during the OPCA week this summer,” WOTC President Debbie Pickens said.

Racquets and water will be provided. Participants should wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing.

The OPCA camp is sponsored by the WOTC, and this week of tennis is free for participants.

Starting on Monday, June 25, the WOTC will conduct four weeks of age-based camps. Campers will be grouped into the following: 5-6, 7-8, 9-12, 13-18, and adult. The camps are designed for beginner and intermediate level players. Appropriately sized equipment (racquets, low compression balls, and nets) will be provided.

Participants ages 5- 6 will attend camp on Mondays (June 25, July 2, July 9, and July 16) from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Children ages 7-8 will have camp on those same Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A camp for 9-12 year olds will be conducted on Mondays as well from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Those 13-18 years of age are invited to the camp on Thursdays (June 28, July 5, July 12, and July 19) from 10 a.m.-noon. The adult camp will be offered on those same Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

Staff for the Summer Camps at Oglebay will include teaching professionals Jeremy McClelland and John Chatlak, a camp coordinator, and WOTC volunteers.

The WOTC is participating in the Net Generation initiative, a program developed by the United States Tennis Association. The goal of Net Generation is to bring together volunteers, coaches, professionals, and parents to introduce this “sport of a lifetime” to children across the country.

Last summer, more than 100 children and 45 adults attended the age-based camps. With a mission statement of growing tennis, the WOTC encourages all youth and adults to take advantage of this opportunity to give tennis a try.

For the adults, a social gathering is held after the two hours of tennis.

Cheyenne Mayle, a 2017 adult camp participant, was thrilled with her tennis experience: “I loved that they taught us techniques in such a fun manner that the two hours flew by. I made friends with whom I am still playing tennis.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the age-based camps is asked to register by calling the Oglebay Tennis shop at 304-243-4040 or by emailing the wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com and providing the participant’s name and age.

Fliers with additional information are available at the Wheeling Park office in the White Palace or at the Oglebay Tennis Center. Information can also be requested by emailing the WOTC.

Cost for all four weeks of the age-based camps is $20. Individuals with financial need can apply for assistance from the Mary Lynn Jones Memorial Camp Fund. Jones was a member of the WOTC, a competitor in women’s leagues, and an enthusiastic volunteer for the children’s tennis programs. To apply for assistance with the camp fee, email the WOTC at wheelingoglebaytennisclub@gmail.com.

COMMENTS